Ten students from across the U.S.A. compete for the title of “America’s Next Top Model Student” in the latest TV reality show. Host Myra Thanks and the show’s judges, M’Lady Andrews, Judge Julie, and Mr. Blaine Rose, put each student to the test in a series of bizarre and hilarious challenges that hardly have anything to do with their scholastic aptitude. One by one, the students are eliminated and “expelled” from the classroom competition. No one goes down without a fight and some are even taken away literally kicking and screaming. The off-the-wall challenges give the students the opportunity to put their wacky personalities on display, and display them they do. When it comes down to the final two contestants, the last challenge is one for the ages.
PLAYWRIGHT ALAN HECKNER TALKS ABOUT
“AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL STUDENT”
Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?
A. I thought it would be entertaining to create a play that takes the idea of a reality show and pushes it even further into a bizarre and funny world. There are so many reality shows out there with so much drama, tension, and conflict that I wanted to point out the outrageous humor and absurdity in them.
Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A.: "Life is hard, get used to it." Because it's an important and often times unpleasant lesson to learn.
Q.: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A.: To make people laugh.